E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development

E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development

Sherif Kamel (American University in Cairo, Egypt)
Release Date: June, 2010|Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 390
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-388-3
ISBN13: 9781605663883|ISBN10: 1605663883|EISBN13: 9781605663890
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Description:

Information and communication technology (ICT) innovations provide significant implications for business and socioeconomic development due to the role it plays in the diffusion of knowledge sharing, community development, and equality.

E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development provides comprehensive coverage and definitions of the most important issues, concepts, trends, and technologies related to the adoption, diffusion, and adaptation of national electronic strategies for ICTs in socioeconomic development. This book addresses the importance of such strategies as setting national agendas to complement efforts and resources allocated, as well as includes model strategies, implications, and case studies to work as models for future implementations.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Accelerated introduction of e-business in SMEs
  • Broadband use
  • Digital Divide
  • Electronic government readiness
  • Factors affecting adoption of ICT by SMEs
  • ICT and socioeconomic development
  • ICT in developing countries
  • ICT-based education initiatives
  • Knowledge and information in agricultural development
  • National ICT strategies
Reviews & Statements

The authors of the 17 chapters in this book explore various current issues and concepts related to ICT diffusion and adoption in different contexts, with a focus on implications, challenges and opportunities involved in national ICT strategies. These chapters include in-depth discussions of experiences from Europe, Africa, and Asia, which provide theoretical and empirical flavours to the subject.

Overall, the chapters in the book cover a wide range of topics related to ICTs and their implications on socioeconomic development. There are many important findings, particularly those related to developing countries seeking to leapfrog into the knowledge economy. Given the extensiveness of the literature on this subject, several of the topics discussed have been looked into, albeit at different levels and contexts. One possible and interesting addition is to have research quantitatively exploring the impact of exogenous factors that influence the leverage of ICTs for socioeconomic development.

– Dr. Benjamin Yeo (George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, USA)
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Dr. Sherif Kamel is an assistant professor of MIS and associate director of the Management Center at the American University in Cairo. Previously, he was the director of the Regional IT Institute [1992-2001] and the training manager of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center [1987-1991]. In 1996, he was a co-founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt.
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